- Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/ethiopia) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.
- Ethiopia: Land of Origins (www.ethiopia.travel) Improving government-run tourism website with good high-level information and inspiration.
- Selamta (www.selamta.net) Travel information.
- Ethiopian Treasures (www.ethiopiantreasures.co.uk) Categorised information on history and culture.
- Ethiomedia (www.ethiopmedia.com) Range of sites covering news about Ethiopia.
- Book your accommodation months in advance if your visit to a city coincides with a major festival.
- Bring warm clothes if you plan to spend any time at altitude – the Simien Mountains, for example, can be bitterly cold at night.
- Distances can be long – plan your trip to see a few places well instead of trying to see everything and ending up spending all your trip driving.
- Check the latest security situation by perusing government travel websites and contacting tour operators, and make sure you're travel insurance is valid.
- Avoid travelling in the rainy season if possible – roads can be either impassable or slick and dangerous, and visibility poor.
What to Take
- Binoculars and wildlife field guides.
- Mosquito repellent and malaria medicine for lowland areas in particular.
- Yellow fever vaccination certificate.
- A two-pin European-style adaptor.
- Torch (flashlight) for camping and cave churches.
- Multi-purpose Swiss Army knife and a compass if trekking.
- Sunscreen and hat.
What to Wear
Ethiopians are fairly relaxed when it comes to dress, but you should still dress reasonably well.
- While things can be extremely relaxed in Addis nightclubs, outside the capital, loose-fitting, light casual wear is recommended.
- Bring at least one set of warm clothes if you'll be spending any time at all at altitude (which includes much of the north) as nights can be chilly.
- At least one pair of sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support is also recommended, even just for reaching some of the rock-hewn churches of the north, as surfaces can be uneven.
- Shorts are rarely appropriate.
- Bring a good hat – sunburn can be a major issue, even at altitude – and a windproof, waterproof jacket.
- Check government travel advisories for the latest security situation.
- Arrange for appropriate travel insurance.
- See if your visit coincides with any major festivals, and if it does, book accommodation early.
- Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date.
- Inform your debit-/credit-card company that you’re heading away.